Thursday, August 31, 2006

tarantism

Jag visste det! Det fanns ett ord för det!

tarantism (TAR-uhn-tiz-uhm) noun

An uncontrollable urge to dance. [After Taranto, a town in southern Italy where this phenomenon was experienced during the 15-17th centuries. It's not clear whether tarantism was the symptom of a spider's bite or its cure, or it may have been just a pretext to dodge a prohibition against dancing. The names of the dance tarantella and the spider tarantula are both derived from the same place.]

3 comments:

ondskan said...

Liksom med största sannolikhet Tarantino.

jacobsteel said...

Det måste ju vara så. Bara måste.

Lilla Aset said...

gudarna måste vara tokiga, men ni känner säkert till att tarantismen bottnar i allt för ivrigt masturberande och även går under benämningen "danssjuka"